This MLS Photo Freaks Me Out!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with American Foursquare Realty RM423982

This may just be the freakiest MLS photo I've ever seen!  A doll slightly scarier than Chuckey, doing a Linda Blair head spin.  Why, oh why would someone post this as a marketing photo on the MLS?

While photos don't sell homes, they do create showings.  And showings sell homes.  I'd be afraid to go see this one!


Richard Strahm is an award winning Realtor specializing in the North Penn areas of Montgomery County -- Lansdale, Upper Gwynedd, North Wales, Towamencin, Hatfield -- and beyond!  Visit him at or call today at 215-853-2624 for a free and private consultation about all of your real estate needs.

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 Richard Strahm is an award winning Realtor specializing in the North Penn areas of Montgomery County -- Lansdale, Upper Gwynedd, North Wales, Towamencin, Hatfield -- and beyond!  Visit him at or call today at 215-853-2624 for a free and private consultation about all of your real estate needs.
Richard Strahm
Broker / Owner
American Foursquare Realty - Lansdale, PA

415 North Broad Street
Lansdale, PA 19446

Direct: (215) 853-2624
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Kathy Stoltman
Balboa Real Estate - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

That is pretty funny and I have to agree, it is a bit spooky!

Jun 24, 2012 02:46 AM #1
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

Holey Moley, I swear that's what I just said.  Where have you been Joe DiMaggio.

Jun 24, 2012 02:46 AM #2
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Center Moriches, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

This is crazy... 33 years in the business and this is a first for me...  What does this say about the folks in our business???

Jun 24, 2012 02:47 AM #3
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Richard, it's actually kind of funny in a weird way. Not my style.


Have a good Sunday!

Jun 24, 2012 02:54 AM #4
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Richard.... what are agents thinking when they do things like that.... I guess that represents "creativity??"

Jun 24, 2012 02:57 AM #5
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Richard - Extremely creepy. I once showed a home that had over 400 of those, all over the home and in all sizes. The buyers freaked immediately and left, but I went through the whole house to verify my suspicion that every single room was packed with them.

Jun 24, 2012 03:28 AM #6
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Besides the dolls, just what is this listing agent trying to show, that the home has some furniture?? Good catch, cheers cvc

Jun 24, 2012 03:33 AM #7
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

I completely agree! Even if the photo didn't freak you out, why distract from the room you're trying to sell. That said, I don't think I could sleep in the house with that doll!


Jun 24, 2012 03:37 AM #8
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I don't care about the dolls themselves, but they seem to take up 25% of the low quality photo. What stands out to be ( other than the dark photo), is that shag carpet that looks so loose you could trip over it.

Jun 24, 2012 05:31 AM #9
Leslie G. Rojohn
MoonDancer Realty - Sylva, NC
GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty

NOTHING and I mean NOTHING creeps me out like dolls.  And these two will give me nightmares just thinking about them.  No way would I ever show this house.  And if this is the best the house has to offer.....Yowza !!!!!

Jun 24, 2012 06:52 AM #10
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Haven't seen you around for awhile.  Hope all's okay.  And the photo is hilarious.   What were they thinking?  Perhaps, and obvioiusly, they weren't.   

Jun 24, 2012 07:05 AM #11
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

That's just freaky (not to mention really bad business).   But then who knows....maybe the client loves her dolls and wanted to showcase them more than the home?

Jun 24, 2012 09:03 AM #12
Frederick Glasser
S18 Photography - Evesham Township, NJ
Real Estate & Headshot Photographer

Wow... that is really creepy... It's the kind of home that I would feel creeped out in if I there alone and late at night.    I feel bad for the guy (Dick Greenberg) from above after reading about his traumatic experience... 

I did a search on my local MLS and I was shocked at how many aweful photos I saw in seconds... I actually did a post on it: Fantastically Awful MLS Photos

I hope it gives you guys a chuckle... 

Jun 27, 2012 12:32 PM #13
Jerri McCombs, Broker
Dogwood Real Estate Services - Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville NC Relocation

Oh My Gosh That is really really creepy. What is this Realtor® thinking??? Fiduciary obligation is not part of this image. 

Jul 08, 2012 08:40 PM #14
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